Forest, Farms and Finance Initiative
Among the major challenges facing developing nation societies today are the destruction of tropical forests and other native ecosystems and resulting emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the erosion and loss of soils, the degradation and depletion of freshwater delivery systems, and the disruption and displacement of indigenous, traditional and smallholder communities that occur as agricultural and livestock production systems expand “horizontally” through forest conversion and resulting land conflicts.
The Forests, Farms and Finance Initiative seeks to address these problems by linking incentives for more environmentally and socially responsible agricultural commodities production with initiatives to reduce deforestation and other environmental degradation.
Currently, sustainable supply chain initiatives, domestic policies and finance, and REDD+-related programs to increase food production while sparing forests and lowering carbon emissions in the tropics are advancing largely in isolation separated by different scales of intervention, performance metrics and levers for shaping land user behavior. As a result of this disconnect, farmers are receiving few, if any, positive incentives to forgo legal forest clearing and to invest in more sustainable production systems.